A couple weeks ago Isaiah and I celebrated our five year anniversary. For the first few years of dating we didn’t really have an anniversary (our friendship became love over time kind of thing) then we decided that we should pick a date to celebrate and Isaiah has been spoiling me with delicious food on November second ever since. Last year we had a fantastic meal at Crazy Water and this year he took me out to Lake Park Bistro. Neither of us had been there before but we had heard great things and experienced other Bartolotta restaurants so we knew we were in for a treat.
When we walked in we were greeted by an old coworker of Isaiah’s from Kil@wat. She was so great to talk to and continued to make our night special through the entire meal, starting with a couple glasses of champagne as we sat down (I thought Isaiah had arranged that but he later told me it was all her).
The atmosphere of Lake Park Bistro was not quite as I expected. I pictured something with older style architecture, dim romantic lighting with a lighted view of the lake and French music playing in the background. Instead it had a more supper club vibe, open seating with tight tables. We were seated very close to the windows that overlook the lake but unfortunately it was too dark to see anything. I bet it is a gorgeous view in the summertime. It was slightly disappointing that it wasn’t quite the romance we were hoping for but we quickly got over it when our first course arrived.
Escargots de bourguignons en croute – absolutely delicious. Isaiah and I savored every bite, taking in the flavor combination of the delicious butter sauce, tomato, mushroom and pastry.
Our main courses were just as amazing. Isaiah ordered the chefs special off of the tasting menu, fitet de canette sur la peau – duck breast served over a butternut squash purée with Brussels sprout leaves and mushrooms – along with a bottle of Cabernet the chef paired with it. He knows what I like and ordered me the filet mignon au poivre. Our meal was outstanding. Throughout eating it we both continuously talked about how wonderful it was. We talked about other things too but mainly the food.
We decided to get dessert to go (so we could eat it on the couch in our pjs) and ordered off of the chefs special once again – a hazelnut cake with chocolate mousse and a port sauce – unreal! Then, our lazy dessert eating plans were foiled when Isaiah’s friend (aka, my new favorite person) hooked us up BIG TIME. Our “to go” dessert was dropped off at our table as two other beautifully plated desserts arrived. Yes, that is three desserts. One was the most wonderful creme brûlée I have ever had and the other was a mousse au chocolat “yves camdeborde” that came with this light fresh coconut sorbet.
I could have died. That could have been my last meal and I would be eternally satisfied.
If you are looking for somewhere delicious to eat with great service and outstanding food, this is the place to be.
But, if you are looking for an intimate dinner with maximum romance you’ll find that, along with wonderful French food as well, at my (it was close but still) favorite little French place in Milwaukee, Coquette Cafe.
On that note, Isaiah and I need to practice our French, at the very least to be able to pronounce what we are eating. Working on it…